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Fast of the Holy Apostles.
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Cовершается служба, не отмеченная в Типиконе никаким знакомProphet Amos (8th c. b.c.). Совершается служба с полиелеемSt. Jonah, metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow, and all Russia (1461).

Martyrs Vitus (Guy), Modestus, and Crescentia, at Lucania (ca. 303). Martyr Dulas of Cilicia (ca. 305-313). Blessed Jerome (Hieronymus) of Stridonium (419-420). Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother St. Monica of Tagaste (387). Great-martyr Tsar Lazar of Serbia (1389). Translation of the relics of St. Theodore the Sykeote, bishop of Anastasiopolis (ca. 9th c.). St. Ephraim II, patriarch of Serbia (1395). Monk-martyrs Gregory, abbot, and Cassian, monk, of Avnezh Monastery (Vologda) (1524). St. Dulas the Passion-bearer, of Egypt (5th c.). St. Michael, first metropolitan of Kiev (992). St. Symeon, archbishop of Novgorod (1421). Sts. Sergius and Barbara of Oyatsk, monastics, parents of St. Alexander of Svir (1477-1480).

“Marianica” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Synaxis of the New Martyrs of Serbia. St. Cedronus, patriarch of Alexandria (107). Martyr Hesychius the Soldier, of Dorostolum, and two others, in Moesia (302). St. Orsiesius of Tabennisi, disciple of St. Pachomius the Great (ca. 380). St. Abraham, abbot, of Auvergne (Gaul) (477). St. Spyridon, patriarch of Serbia (1388). Apostles Fortunatus, Achaicus, and Stephanas (1st c.).

Repose of Elder Theophan of the Roslavl Forests and Optina (1819), Blessed Jonah, fool-for-Christ, of Peshnosha Monastery (1838), Metropolitan Innocent of Peking (1931), Elder Cosmas of Valaam and Riga (1968), and Elder Anthimus of St. Anne’s Skete, Mt. Athos (1996).

Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

Wednesday. [Rom. 11:2-12; Matt. 11:20-26]

   The Lord showed many signs in Capernaum, Bethsaida and Chorazin; yet the number of those who believed did not correspond to the power of the signs. That is why He severely denounced these cities and sentenced them: in the Day of Judgment it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, Sodom and Gomorrah, than for these cities. We need to judge ourselves according to such a model. How many signs has the Lord shown to Russia, saving it from the most powerful enemies and subduing peoples to it! How many treasures has He granted it, pouring out unceasing signs—in the holy relics and miracle-working icons scattered throughout all of Russia! And yet in our days Russians are starting to turn aside from the faith: one group is falling into total unbelief, another group is falling away into Protestantism, a third group is secretly weaving their own beliefs, thinking to combine spiritism and theological ravings with Divine Revelation. Evil is growing; evil beliefs and unbelief are raising their head, while faith and Orthodoxy are weakening. Will we not come to our senses? … We will end up like the French, for instance, or others.… But if that happens, how do you think it will be for us on the judgment day, after God has shown so many mercies to us? O Lord! Have mercy and save Orthodox Rus’ from Thy just and righteous threatening!

Articles

Prophet Amos

The Holy Prophet Amos, third of the Twelve Minor Prophets, lived during the eighth century before Christ.

St Jonah the Metropolitan of Moscow

Saint Jonah, Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, was born in the city of Galich into a pious Christian family.

Martyr Modestus at Lucania

Saint Modestus suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305) with the holy martyrs Vitus and Crescentia.

Martyr Crescentia at Lucania

Saint Crescentia suffered for Christ during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305) with the holy martyrs Vitus and Modestus.

Martyr Doulas of Cilicia

The Holy Martyr Doulas was a pious Christian from the city of Praetoriada.

St Jerome (Hieronymus) of Stridonium

Saint Jerome of Stridon was born into a Christian family in the city of Stridon located on the border between Dalmatia and Pannonia. His full name is Eusebius Hieronymos Sophronius.

St Augustine the Bishop of Hippo

Saint Augustine was born in the city of Thagaste in northern Africa. He was raised by his mother, St Monica (May 4), and he received his education at Carthage.

Right-believing Prince Lazarus the Great Martyr of Serbia

The Holy Prince Lazar of Serbia lived during the fourteenth century at a time when the Turks, having conquered neighboring lands, were preparing to invade Serbia.

St. Theodore the Sykeote the Bishop of Anastasiopolis

Saint Theodore the Sykeote was born in the mid-sixth century in the village of Sykeon, not far from the city of Anastasiopolis (in Galatia, Asia Minor), into a pious family.

St Ephraim the Bulgarian, Patriarch of Serbia

Saint Ephraim, Patriarch of Serbia, lived in asceticism on Mount Athos, and afterwards became Igumen of the Serbian Iveron monastery.

Venerable Gregory the Abbot of Avnezh, Vologda

Saints Gregory and Cassian of Avnezh pursued asceticism at the River Sukhona in the Vologda land.

Venerable Cassian the Abbot of Avnezhk, Vologda

Saints Gregory and Cassian of Avnezh lived in asceticism at the River Sukhona in the Vologda land. On June 15, 1392 they died as martyrs at Avnezh monastery during an incursion by Tatars.

St Doulas the Passion-Bearer of Egypt

Saint Doulas the Passion-Bearer was a monk at one of the Egyptian monasteries. He distinguished himself by his meekness, humility and obedience.

St Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev

Saint Michael the first Metropolitan of Kiev, according to the Joakimov chronicle, was a Syrian by birth, but according to other chronicles, he was a Bulgarian or Serb.
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